Our first impression of Casa Paraiso was that it looked (and felt) like we were on the beach as soon as we stepped out of the car. White sand covered the ground from the parking lot all the way to the beachfront, where we could see a lengthy dock jutting into the sea. At Casa Paraiso the suites are in a large beachside building, and an enclosed palapa hut doubles as the office and guest restaurant. Hand-painted driftwood signs give the property a beachy feel, a feeling which you can take home with you – the B&B’s boutique sells handmade seashell jewelry and other local crafts.
Essential Highlights of Casa Paraiso
- Families welcome
- Daily hot breakfast
- Optional lunch or dinner at the guest-only restaurant & bar
- Deluxe BBQ for guest use
- Friendly B&B dog
- Boutique selling crafts and jewelry
- Hammock available for every room and balcony
- Large selection of gear for beach and water activities
How’s the location of Casa Paraiso?
Casa Paraiso is located 2.1 km / 1.3 mi from the town of Xcalak, which is convenient for getting to town for supplies and to visit restaurants. You’re close enough to walk the beach to the Mayan Grill Restaurant, or you can use the guest bicycles to ride into town.
The property at Casa Paraiso is spacious and sandy – the beachfront is officially 60 m, but the owners maintain the beach for 200 m, making for a pleasant walk along the coast in either direction. The rooftop patio affords a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, and a peek at the rooftops of neighboring properties.
What are the rooms like at Casa Paraiso?
There are four suites available at Casa Paraiso, all with full kitchen, drinking water, and (as a special luxury) a full-size fridge with a cold water dispenser. Every room has a view of the beach – the upper suites have large balconies, and the lower suites have patios that walk out on the sand.
Suites are accommodating for families and friends, with comfortable king beds that can split into two single beds. Even when you close the patio door, wooden vents in the front and back of each room allow the sea breeze through, so you’ll rarely need the ceiling fans.
Each suite has a beach-themed name, and décor to match. A hand-painted placard on your door will tell whether to expect turtles, lobsters, seashells, or corals adorning your walls. The bathrooms have colorful Mexican tiles with painted sinks.
All guests have access to the rooftop patio where you’ll find wooden reclining chairs and in the corner, the solar panels that provide power to the property. The rooftop of Casa Paraiso is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the jungle.
What’s special about Casa Paraiso?
The breakfast at Casa Paraiso is way beyond continental, with a different hot breakfast offering every day of the week. Quesadillas, breakfast burritos, and chorizo omelets are just a taste (pun intended) of what you can expect. Vegetarians need not despair, the owners are happy to provide meat-free breakfasts also.
The screened palapa guest-only restaurant & bar is where breakfast is served. For days when you want to maximize beach time – and minimize kitchen time – you can reserve a special lunch or dinner.
Every room at Casa Paraiso has a hammock, as well as hooks to hang it either inside your room or outside on your balcony or patio. Enjoy the sea view from the chairs on the rooftop patio or from the shaded loungers on the beach.
What’s included when staying at Casa Paraiso?
Breakfast is included at Casa Paraiso, as well as complimentary coffee available all day in the restaurant. Guests have access to selection of gear that includes snorkels, fins, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, and games like horseshoes and bocce. There are also weights available so you won’t have any excuse to miss your workout.
- Hot breakfast included
- Complimentary coffee available all day
- All rooms at Casa Paraiso have fast Wi-Fi access
- Purified drinking water included in every room
- Personal safe in every room
- Daily cleaning service
What’s the story behind Casa Paraiso?
Ben and Esther are both avid sailors who decided to look for a paradise on land. They considered both Belize and Mexico, and even visited Puerto Aventuras to try it on for size. Nothing seemed to fit just right until they heard about this place called “Xcalak”, where tourism hadn’t taken over and the beaches were practically untouched. They decided that if paradise existed, that’s where it was.
One month before traveling from the U.S. to view some Mexican properties, a B&B in Xcalak named Casa Carolina went for sale. After visiting once Ben and Esther fell in love.
They renamed the B&B Casa Paraiso (house of paradise) and with hand-painted signs, upgraded room features, and new offerings for guests like lunch and dinner, Casa Paraiso became their own.
Today they’re living their dream year round in Xcalak. Besides managing Casa Paraiso, they’re active in the local community, consigning locally made jewelry in their boutique, and supporting the local church.
What’s the best way to reserve Casa Paraiso?
Online, you can reserve a suite at Casa Paraiso on their website or through TripAdvisor. Note: Casa Paraiso was formerly known as Casa Carolina.